Education, History & Resistance


This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on the history of social and educational inequality. Timely to read this piece in the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates that offers this reflection on education, the Cherokee Nation, and resistance. 

“‘The problem, from a white point of view,” writes historian Daniel Walker Howe, “was that the success of these efforts to ’civilize the Indians’ had not yielded the expected dividend in land sales. On the contrary, the more literate, prosperous, and politically organized the Cherokees made themselves, the more resolved they became to keep what remained of their land and improve it for their own benefit.’

Cosmopolitanism, openness to other cultures, openness to education did not make the Cherokee pliant to American power; it gave them tools to resist. Realizing this, the United States dropped the veneer of “culture” and “civilization” and resorted to “Indian Removal,” or The Trail of Tears.”


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